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A new study finds widespread substance abuse among Native American, mixed-race and white teenagers.


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The role of electronic cigarettes in helping people quit smoking is stirring debate, according to The New York Times.


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Advocates for medical marijuana dispensaries have filed lawsuits in California to try to win court orders that would stop U.S. attorneys from closing them down.


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An estimated 188.5 tons of unwanted or expired prescription medications were collected around the country on the third National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on October 29, the Drug Enforcement Administration announced.


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Recent veterans enrolled in college are more likely than their peers, who are not veterans, to use tobacco products, binge drink and engage in other risky behaviors, a new study suggests.


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Drinking alcohol can trigger an allergic reaction or worsen existing allergies, according to the Past President of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, who spoke yesterday at the group’s annual meeting.


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The Drug Enforcement Administration has five commando-style squads that it has been using for the past several years to battle drug cartels in nations including Honduras, Haiti, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic, The New York Times reports.


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For every person who died of a prescription painkiller overdose in 1999, nearly four died in 2008. We are in the midst of an epidemic, says Grant Baldwin of the CDC.


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Nicotine appears to be a “gateway” drug that primes the brain to be susceptible to cocaine, according to a new study in mice.


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A growing number of people are ending up in the emergency room after abusing the muscle relaxant carisoprodol. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration says the number of such ER visits doubled, from 15,830 in 2004 to 31,763 in 2009.


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